Disenfranchisement News from The Sentencing Project

May 20, 2019 Florida Lawmakers pass bill creating financial barrier to rights restoration After much debate, lawmakers passed a measure requiring people with felony convictions to pay all court-ordered restitution, fines and fees before they are allowed to vote. Democrats and civil rights advocates argue that this financial requirement is a new “poll tax” that goes against the spirit of[Read More…]

Morehouse set to admit transgendered male students

Students who self-identify as men will be admitted to Morehouse College, an African-American university for black men based in Atlanta, beginning in the Fall 2020 semester, the Board of Trustees announced Friday. “The Gender Identity Policy will allow individuals who self-identify as men regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth to be considered for admission in the nation’s[Read More…]

Magic goes poof

Magic Johnson unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers after a disappointing season even though LeBron James was on the team’s roster. Johnson announced he was quitting the Lakers during a news conference. He did not even tell his boss Jeanie Buss, the team’s owner, that he was leaving. Johnson indicated that he[Read More…]

Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski may have been a woman

U.S. Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski is believed to have been a woman or an intersex, according to a Georgia Southern University study. Researchers claim that an examination of his skeletal remains show that he was a woman. Their findings indicated that Pulaski’s pelvis, jaw bone and facial structure were characteristically female. A new documentary suggests that Pulaski was[Read More…]

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory named Archbishop-designate of Washington

Pope Francis Thursday has named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Archbishop-Designate of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Donald Wuerl who held the post from June 2008 to October 2018. Wuerl was the subject of a 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report that praised and criticized how he handled sexual abuse cases during his time in Pittsburgh. Wuerl has denied mishandling the cases. On[Read More…]

Voting rights for ex-felons

By The Sentencing Project     People register to vote after new law takes effect Thousands of people with felony convictions regained their right to vote under a new law that went into effect in March. The law expanded voter eligibility to anyone with a felony conviction who has not been incarcerated within the last five years, including individuals on[Read More…]

Los Angeles police seek public’s help in finding the man who murdered Nipsey Hussle; alleged killer arrested

Los Angeles Police are asking the public’s help in locating and arresting Eric Holder who is suspected of murdering Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle and the wounding of two other men. The outreach worked. Later today, the LAPD announced on twitter that Holder was in custody. The department posted a photo of Holder with red block letters written[Read More…]

Restaurant employee allegedly stabs black businessman who asked permission to use the bathroom

A Bahamian businessman has cautioned his country’s residents to be on their guard while visiting the U.S. after he was stabbed by an Arab restaurant employee while attempting to use the bathroom. Fawaz Zarif Hassan, who is Muslim,  slashed Harold Williams, a manager of Bahamasair,  on his left cheek on Saturday as he walked to the rear of Pines Market[Read More…]

Scholarship named for college alumnus shot to death by police in his own apartment

Harding University is honoring 2016 alumnus Botham Jean who was shot to death in his Dallas apartment by an off-duty cop who claimed she had entered the living space thinking it was hers before shooting him to death, believing he was a burglar. “Harding University in cooperation with PwC, formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and the family of Botham Jean, has established[Read More…]

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